21 things only activists will understand

21 things only activists will understand

If you've campaigned on any issue at all, you'll probably be able to relate to these 21 animated GIFs. Getting standard replies to your letters, losing your nerve just before a lobby meeting, the highs and lows of street campaigning - we've been there too.
UN: Take poverty to zero – and keep it there

UN: Take poverty to zero – and keep it there

Amazing progress on reducing poverty could be lost unless we act to stop vulnerable people sliding back, a new report warns. It's based on the latest human development index rankings - one of the most detailed insights into how the world is doing on reducing poverty.
Debt relief in Ghana & Zambia – did it help?

Debt relief in Ghana & Zambia – did it help?

A recent article claims the current governments of Zambia and Ghana are struggling to balance the books and are borrowing money at reckless levels. While citizens there are rightly worried about public spending, the assertion that debt cancellation of the early 2000s was ‘no cure’ is not supported by evidence.
Flight MH17 & HIV/AIDS: This is personal

Flight MH17 & HIV/AIDS: This is personal

When the news about Flight MH17 broke, it registered as a horrible and senseless event; nothing more. Then, I started to learn that some of the passengers were heading to the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Australia. Suddenly, the news felt raw, and personal. The victims were part of my world, my community.
Girl Summit: What does freedom mean to you?

Girl Summit: What does freedom mean to you?

Whether it's being yourself, taking risks or spending time with loved ones, we all have ideas about what freedom means to us. This video above was created by asking Instagram users what #FreedomIs to them. Join the conversation and let us know why you support everyone’s right to freedom.
Why I hate overseas aid

Why I hate overseas aid

I hate aid. I hate what it means. I hate that it exists today. So I’m fighting to make sure it no longer exists. Hardly something you’d expect to hear from someone volunteering for an international NGO, but it is true, I hate it.
Bono, Malala & Desmond Tutu send stark warning to world leaders

Bono, Malala & Desmond Tutu send stark warning to world leaders

Today, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Malala Yousafzai, Graca Machel, Bono, Mo Ibrahim and Muhammed Yunus have joined forces to sound a warning that 2015 is a year of huge opportunity, but also of huge risk. They are calling on world leaders to step up the fight against poverty, inequality and climate change.
Mandela Day: 10 ways to remember Madiba

Mandela Day: 10 ways to remember Madiba

How will you remember Nelson Mandela? There are many ways to commemorate the life and struggle of a remarkable man. We’ve come up with ten – but we’d like to hear what your plans are.
Ending FGM in Burkina Faso: How communities are leading the way

Ending FGM in Burkina Faso: How communities are leading the way

In Burkina Faso, 75% of girls and women have undergone FGM/C. But today, only 9% of people there are in favour of the practice. What's caused this dramatic shift in opinion? This photo story from DFID reveals the people and communities leading the way in making extraordinary progress to end it.